Carlisle Dance Academy

Meet the Team

Meet The Team

The Carlisle Dance Academy dance instructors:



My name is Laura Irwin and I am proud to be the proprietor of Carlisle Dance Academy. I am also an experienced Primary School Teacher and I am very honoured to be the Mum of three lovely boys.

Having danced since a young age my dream was always to own my own dancing school and now I am lucky enough to have achieved this dream.

Throughout my dancing career I have performed and choreographed a huge variety of shows and events. Growing up in a world of dance I loved to perform, there is no other feeling like it! Having hung up my dancing shoes (kind of!) my excitement now comes from teaching and watching how our pupils at CDA shine like the stars!



My name is Becca Edwards, I am a primary school teacher and dance teacher. I am a fun, friendly and bubbly character, I am always up for enjoying myself, and hate to miss out on anything. I am kind, caring and would do anything for anyone.  I love working with children because no day is the same and it is extremely rewarding and puts a smile on my face.

I have been dancing since I was 3 years old – ballet, tap and modern. I have made some of my closest friends at dancing, who I know will be in my life forever. My favourite part of dancing is the show, both taking part and watching others enjoy themselves on the stage, there is no other feeling like it, and unless you have been part of that no one will understand. Dancing is a fantastic hobby to have in your life, which can lead to many exciting opportunities if you stick with it. I know this from experience.



My names Briony Wood. I am a fully qualified dance teacher at CDA, alongside working full time at a nursery as a deputy manager. I am very lucky to have two jobs that I love.

I first started dancing from the age of 3 and it has become an important part of my life, not only do I get to continue dancing for myself, but I can pass on my passion to the lovely children that I teach.



My name is Emily Allen.

I have dance since I was 2 years old. Being very passionate in dancing, taking part in a variety of pantomimes, shows, local performances and across the country.

I was very lucky to grow up through Carlisle Dance Academy and be offered the opportunity of a job. I starting to assist in classes from the age of 13. Sitting my first teachers exam at 16, and my second teachers exam the month after I turned 18 (the legal age to sit the exam).

Alongside working at CDA, I work in a local nursery, looking after children from 3months old to 4 years. I love both of my jobs working with children, no day is ever the same and it is very rewarding.



My name is Joanna Atkinson, I am a qualified dance teacher, fitness instructor and personal trainer… I just love to exercise! I have danced since the age of 2 and thoroughly enjoy performing on stage, I have taken part in hundreds of shows, displays and events.

At CDA I love to help children achieve their potential and watch them flourish. Teaching the children at CDA is something I thoroughly enjoy and  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to pass on my passion for dance to so many people.



My name is Kelly Brown. I have been dancing since I was 3. Dancing has always been a massive part of my life. I love teaching and it is amazing to see children performing with a huge smile on their face knowing they are enjoying every minute and the progress that they make.

I have work at Cumbria Constabulary. I am a MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) Co-ordinator within the Public Protection Unit for the county dealing with high risk Domestic Violence within the household.

I’m lucky that I have two jobs which are very diverse and both so rewarding in different ways.



My name is Leony Pollard.

I have danced non-stop since the age of 2.

I am a full time dance teacher working for CDA, a previous primary school teacher. Alongside teaching at CDA I go into Primary school teaching dance PE and after school clubs.

I love being able to pass on my passion for dance to the pupils of CDA and relish the opportunity to express my creativity through my own choreography.

I have performed all over the Country in a range of theatre and dance productions from pantomimes to festivals.



My name is Lisa Osgood. I work in a local primary school alongside working at CDA, I love working with children.
I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and have taken part in a variety of pantomimes, shows and cabarets.

Dancing is something I have always been very passionate about but unfortunately due to a long term back injury this has been limited of late. I am hoping in the future this will improve but in the meantime I am working hard at CDA to help organise events and plan for our exciting future.